Recent Comments by Ufez Jones

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 5 (lock)
Passer: Tom Brady
Rusher: Clyde E-H
Receiver: Watkins
Player with interception: Mathieu
Player with sack: Pierre-Paul
Player with first turnover: Mahomes
Super Bowl MVP: Mahomes
Tiebreaker: 61

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:24 PM on February 07, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 7: Fan Interaction Edition

My picks:

Clippers by 4
Celtics by 8
Bucks by 10 (slam dunk)
Suns by 5
Warriors by 13 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 4

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:10 PM on February 02, 2021

Lions Trading Matthew Stafford to Rams for Goff, Draft Picks

I pet-sat/dog-walked in Dallas in the mid/late aughts and had a few clients in HP/UC. There are some absolutely ridiculous properties there.

(I also had a client who lived just East of Downtown and was a neighbor of Josh Howard which was awesome since that was my peak Mav fandom. I'd often see Devin Harris's and Marquis Daniels's cars over there, and once or twice Jerry Stackhouse's. No Dirk sightings though).

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:30 AM on February 02, 2021

Lions Trading Matthew Stafford to Rams for Goff, Draft Picks

Bonus for Stafford: he can hang out with his High School buddy Clayton Kershaw (they went to Highland Park in Dallas together).

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:49 AM on February 01, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 6: Damian's New Kicks Edition

My picks:

Heat by 5
Trail Blazers by 9 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 4
Lakers by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:09 PM on January 27, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Packers by 6
Bills by 4
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Kelce
Player with interception: Savage

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:53 AM on January 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 5: N-E-T-S Nets Nets Nets Edition

My picks:

76ers by 6
Suns by 10 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 4
Jazz by 12 (slam dunk)
76ers by 7
Suns by 10 (slam dunk)

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:42 PM on January 19, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Packers by 6
Bills by 4
Chiefs by 9
Saints by 10
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: Kamara
Receiver: Adams
Player with interception: Mathieu

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:09 PM on January 14, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 4: Here Comes Cancellations Edition

My picks:

Nets by 7
Clippers by 11
Heat by 4
Nuggets by 6
Bucks by 7
Lakers by 12
Suns by 8
Bucks by 10
Lakers by 18

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:32 AM on January 12, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

Revised picks:

Player with interception: Quandre Diggs

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:03 AM on January 09, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

Ha, shows how closely I've followed football this year.

Amending to Quandre Diggs.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:03 AM on January 09, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bills by 14 (lock)
Seahawks by 9 (lock)
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 6
Saints by 9 (lock)
Steelers by 4
Passer: Lamar Jackson
Rusher: Kamara
Receiver: Metcalf
Player with interception: Mathieu

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:15 PM on January 08, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Buy the Timberwolves Edition

My picks:

Heat by 6
Clippers by 11
76ers by 12 (slam dunk)
Mavericks by 3
Pelicans by 9 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:57 AM on January 05, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Buy the Timberwolves Edition

Looks like actually do. Weird.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:56 AM on January 05, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Buy the Timberwolves Edition

Are the Clippers and Warriors playing twice this week or is that sixth game incorrect?

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:48 AM on January 05, 2021

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pickem

Revised picks:

Heat by 8
Bucks by 17 (slam dunk)
Nets by 9
Lakers by 14
Clippers by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:03 PM on December 24, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pickem

Revised picks:

Nets by 14 (slam dunk)

Injury/late-scratch update on tonight's early game.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:22 PM on December 22, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pickem

My picks:

Warriors by 14
Lakers by 7
Bucks by 9
Mavericks by 4

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:46 AM on December 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The NFC East in a nutshell: https://twitter.com/recordsANDradio/status/1325501806567419904

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:24 PM on November 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh yeah. Ian gets questioned about it in pretty much every interview still to this day.

And as much as I love The Big Boys (and particularly "The Fat Elvis") White N****rs is very cringey, even if people try to spin it as a queer-pride anthem. Biscuit Turner has been dead for a while now though, so he doesn't have to defend it any longer.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:49 AM on November 04, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, there's some language in that song that hasn't aged well (even though X themselves were very much against it and that was basically the point). There's a lot of early punk stuff along those lines. Definitely not something you could try to release today.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:04 PM on November 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

NoMich: X is one of my favorite bands of all time. I got to see them open for the Violent Femmes last Summer and it was a fantastic concert (hey, remember when concerts existed?). Those first three albums they put out were a hell of a run (and John Doe's solo stuff is outstanding as well).

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:27 PM on November 03, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

From Andrew Simon on Twitter: "Aug. 1979 - White Sox hire Tony La Russa, the youngest MLB manager at the time (34).

Oct. 2020 - White Sox hire Tony La Russa, the oldest MLB manager at the time (76).

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:01 PM on October 29, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

So the White Sox have announced their new manager. It's *opens envelope, stares around room, eyes bulging out*, uh....

Tony La Russa????

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:11 PM on October 29, 2020

Dodgers Player Learns Covid-19 Test Was Positive During World Series Clincher

@NoMich - That's a kind of random but sorta common thing with people speaking in stadiums. See here for one: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/this-may-explain-why-rob-manfred-was-slurring-speech-after-game/ar-BB1asFc0?li=BB15ms5q

There are several examples over the years. I can link a podcast segment tomorrow (when it's posted online) that highlights a few of them.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:46 PM on October 28, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Stars in 5
Top goals: Benn
Top goalie (save %): Anton Khudobin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: Seguin
Conn Smythe: Khudobin
Tiebreaker: 22

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:23 PM on October 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Between Lou Brock and Bob Gibson it's been a tough few weeks for old-school Cards fans.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:57 PM on October 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Congrats to the Lightning who have been knocking on the door for so long. I'm glad they honored Stamkos but it had to have been a little bittersweet for him given how little he got to play in the Finals. I'm sad to see Dobby's Cinderella story end, and I have no idea what the future will hold for him, but it was a hell of a fun run.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:16 AM on September 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That game last night was infuriating, but I won't get into that.

Apparently the last time a team came back from being down 1-3 and won the cup was the 1942 Maple Leafs (and they actually came back from 0-3).

Maybe we'll get another classic Tampa choke job, but I'm definitely pessimistic about it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:10 PM on September 26, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I mean, to be fair, if I were drafted by the Knicks I'd probably do all I could to avoid playing for them too.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:00 AM on September 26, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

(I tried in both Firefox and effing Edge, but couldn't get the form to work. Anyhow, I did get it posted before the puck dropped :) )

Let's go Stars.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:38 PM on September 19, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

I dunno if it's an issue with my laptop or not, but my picks are:

Stars in 5
Top goals: Benn
Top goalie (%) Khudobhin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning (I can see it happening)
Top assists: Seguin
Conn Smythe: Khudobin
Tiebreaker 22

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:36 PM on September 19, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Celtics in 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:50 PM on September 15, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

I'm getting a weird glitch where I can't make my picks via the form (in multiple browsers and log-out/log-in)

So anyways: Celtics in 6

I feel pretty good about saving the rest of my picks for the WCF.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:22 PM on September 15, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

I'm getting a weird glitch where I can't make my picks via the form (in multiple browsers and log-out/log-in)

So anyways: Celtics in 6

I feel pretty good about saving the rest of my picks for the WCF.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:22 PM on September 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ask the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:51 PM on September 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Khudobin really saved their asses last night (no pun intended). One of the biggest things that scares me is the shots-on-goal differential in this series. At one point, I think about midway through the second period, it was something like 22-6 in favor of Vegas, despite the Stars having had at least two power plays. That's....not good. But they seem to be finding a way to win.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:18 PM on September 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dobby played his butt off last night. Both goalies went into the locker room after the third period just completely dragging ass, to the point I wasn't sure who was going to be in the crease on either side in OT. I'm not surprised it ended so quickly, but I'm glad it was Radulov that got the first legit opportunity.

The Stars need to quit shooting themselves in the foot with dumbass penalties though. Giving Vegas a 5-on-3 in the third was a really bad move.

But yeah, it's definitely been exciting.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:03 AM on September 11, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

Uh, sorry. Entering via my phone and I'm terrible with Russian names. Def. meant Raddy here.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:56 PM on September 06, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

Revised picks:

Top goals: Radulov (Dallas)

Uh, sorry. Entering via my phone and I'm terrible with Russian names. Def. meant Raddy here.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:55 PM on September 06, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

My picks:

Stars in 6
Islanders in 7
Top goals: Ragnarov (Dallas)
Top goalie (save %): Semyon Varlamov
Team scoring most goals: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning


The NHL must be super stoked to have Vegas, Dallas, Tampa, and the by-far less popular NYC team as their final four.

Let's go Stars!!!

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:35 PM on September 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Last two players to record a Game 7 HAT TRICK:

Wayne Gretzky - 1993
Joel Kiviranta - 2020

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:24 PM on September 04, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yup. I just put my picks in for the Semis, but didn't choose anyone that has already played.

It's an odd year.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:36 PM on September 03, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

My picks:

Clippers in 7
Lakers in 6
Top point scorer: Anthony Davis
Top rebounder: Kawhi Leonard
Top scoring team: Lakers
Team scoring 130: Nuggets


posted by Ufez Jones at 02:35 PM on September 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Brooklyn Nets hire Steve Nash as their new head coach.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:52 PM on September 03, 2020

Ravens Make Statement, Demands for Social Justice

The football team at Ole Miss, of all places, walked out of practice today and held their own demonstration, below a Confederate statue.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:51 PM on August 28, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

This is incredible and unprecedented, and pretty damn awesome.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:29 PM on August 26, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Scores (in Progress)

Live.

Laugh.

Luka.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:32 PM on August 23, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2

(and yes, I've noticed a *lot* of sad-sack Blues-fans in my neighborhood while walking my dog today)

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:26 PM on August 22, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Dang it, if only I hadn't locked the Thunder.

Congrats NoMich!

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:07 PM on August 22, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2

My picks:

Stars in 6
Flyers in 7
Bruins in 6
Golden Knights in 5
Top goals: Miro Heiskanen
Top goalie (save %): Jaroslav Halak
Team scoring most goals: Flyers
Team giving up 0 goals: Golden Knights


posted by Ufez Jones at 01:53 PM on August 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That said, if 21-year-old Luka can drop 42/7/9 against the defensive swarm of Kawhi/PG-13/Beverly/Lou Williams in his NBA playoff debut even after losing KP...

Future is bright. And I think after this game, we may have a chance against the Clips, tbh.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:11 AM on August 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I haven't been this angry at NBA refs since the 2006 finals. That was some goddamn Donaghy-ass bullshit.

Not that I'm biased or anything, but still.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:59 PM on August 17, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

I would love to be wrong, bill. I love me some Dame Dolla.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:06 PM on August 17, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Mine also wound up in the huddle.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:45 PM on August 16, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Nuggets in 6
Raptors in 5
Celtics in 7
Clippers in 5
Bucks in 4
Pacers in 7
Thunder in 6
Lakers in 6
Top point scorer: Lebron James
Top rebounder: Steven Adams
Top scoring team: Pacers
Team scoring 130: Mavericks

Let's go Mavs!

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:44 PM on August 16, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: All the Marbles Edition

Fri:
Miami by 7
OKC by 13 (slam)
76ers by 10

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:09 PM on August 14, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: All the Marbles Edition

Thu:
Suns by 11
Portland by 13 (SLAM)
Utah by 6 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:32 PM on August 13, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: All the Marbles Edition

Honestly not sure if I'm getting these in before games start, but

Wed:
Raps by 7
Clippers by 12 (slam)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:51 PM on August 12, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

I really just want the Stars and Blues to face off again (but only if Dallas wins) so I can tell everyone in STL that gives me shit for last year's series between the two to (politely but passive-aggressively, per MidWest tradition) go shove it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:20 PM on August 11, 2020